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Written By: Gary on November 19, 2008 No Comment

The power has glitched off and on the last few days. Just for a few seconds generally but it’s enough to turn off the A/C unit in my hotel which kept waking me all night long when it kept kicking off…

Today we lost it for a few hours but it eventually came back on. But it’s always a worry that it might not come back on (most hotels with A/C don’t have windows that will open) that means no A/C and no hot water (it’s electric).

Boring post, but that was out of the ordinary part of today…

I hiked up to the waterfalls too! It’s such a nice view!! But since I do this almost every day it’s really not out of the ordinary any more :)

Written By: Gary on September 4, 2008 No Comment

The power has blinked off and on more than a few times today, but not during any of the storms so I don’t know what’s going on. I suppose there could be storms somewhere else (duh!). I did notice many more police out tonight than the last few days maybe they do that when there are power failures…

But now it’s been off for a few minutes. So no fans, no A/C and I’m assuming no running water since I can’t hear the toilet running any more. At least it’s been cool this evening.

It’s just surprising since there have been so many cRaZy storms this trip that I sensed no outage before today.

FYI – It was only out about 5 minutes….

Written By: Gary on April 26, 2008 No Comment

So on day one, we had just checked into the hotel and headed out to dinner and the power went out. The restaurant put out some candles, the stove was gas (probably propane) and they were ready to go. Twenty or thirty minutes later it was back on.

Picture 3I know they have some power problems in the country but that was the longest one I’ve ever experienced (at least at night). I’ve never seen anything last more than a few minutes. But we had a few more as the trip went on, a few short ones and a really long one (a hour or so?). Everyone just rolls with it, it’s semi-expected, but still inconvenient (especially if hot) and as I said, I’ve been pretty lucky on my previous four trips.

It gets really dark out there when there are no city lights even in the distance. I always keep a mini-flashlight in my travel bag, but for places where I want to be outside at night (like CR) I take a few with, so it wasn’t too much of a problem for us. The small hotel we were at did knock on doors and pass out flashlights to the rooms.

Written By: Gary on April 1, 2006 2 Comments

Wireless extension cordsThe problem with all my electronic gadgets is getting power to them all. I’ve thought about wireless speakers but you still have to get power to them where ever they are. They’ve finally figured out a way to use microwaves (7.2GHz range) to “beam” power from an outlet to another location in the same room (line of sight). These wireless extension cords should have a range of 100 feet (although ThinkGeek says they’ve tested them up to 300 feet) which is way more than enough. This will totally change the way I’ve got my living room configured! (And they’re only $34.95!)

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